- Posted December 23, 2013 by
Typhoon victims in Phl to celebrate Xmas
According to Dr. Carla Ante Orozco, health officer of the United Nations Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the Philippines, residents are finding ways to celebrate Christmas.
“The health workers that I interact with, they’re still excited to celebrate Christmas. They still feel hope, but it may not be the usual festive holiday. It’s more about being with the family this time. That is more than enough," Orozco told the government-run Philippines News Agency.
Orozco’s thoughts were shared by some residents who survived the wrath of typhoon “Yolanda” that devastated billions of pesos in properties and claimed more than 6,000 lives.
“We will celebrate Christmas by just being happy that we are complete,” Ronis Miraflor, 18, said, standing by the worn-out Christmas tree found by his father in a heap of debris. He decorated it to look brand new.
Miraflor also told the news agency that that he is very grateful for not losing any member of his family.
“I brought it (Christmas tree) here. I want to welcome the coming of Jesus into this world and also to thank Him that we are alive and that as a family, we are all together,” Miraflor said smiling.
He said that as long as they are together and even without delicious food they are still happy because they are still intact.
While Miraflor waits for the coming of Jesus, Anna Sofia B. Galencian, 9, from Palo town, said Christmas means generosity.
Christmas is receiving gifts,” Galencian said. “But it’s also giving gifts to the poor people, so that they can also receive gifts.”
She also said that this Christmas would be different because they could not put up Christmas decorations. They lost their house to the typhoon.
“Last Christmas Eve I had spaghetti. And this year I want to have spaghetti, too,” Sofia said.